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Jürgen Klopp has claimed he would quit as Liverpool manager the moment he harboured any doubt over his ability to end the club’s prolonged wait for the Premier League title. Liverpool trail Manchester United by seven points before their early clash at Anfield on Saturday having won once in seven matches in all competitions, albeit while producing stronger performances than results would suggest. Klopp’s prospects of delivering a first league championship to Liverpool since 1990 have also not been helped by the financial power and early‑season form shown by the two Manchester clubs. But having returned Champions League football to Anfield in his first full season in charge, Klopp remains convinced Liverpool “are on a good way” and can compete with wealthier rivals. 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Yes, we need to be a little bit luckier but to do that you have to carry on working. http://www.authenticcanadiensonline.com/Authentic-Mats-Naslund-Jersey I know we are on a good way. If we could start again now by bringing me in, I would still have the same fire and the same passion, absolutely no problem. I know people don’t want to wait. We cannot change this. If you don’t want to wait, don’t wait. It’s like, if you have a really good situation in your private life, then enjoy it. But if your neighbour has a better situation, does that mean you can’t enjoy your own situation? ‘But he’s got one more car, he gets to go on one extra holiday.’ It’s not about others. It’s about us becoming happy.” Klopp admitted he did not open a bottle of champagne to toast his two-year anniversary as Liverpool manager last Sunday as he is “not overly happy” with the team’s results. Though he cautioned: “If they [Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool’s owner] sacked me now, there would not be a lot of managers who would do the job better than I do. I don’t think I am perfect but, as long as 98% of Liverpudlians are behind us, then we are on the right way and we will succeed.” In 24 months http://www.bengalsnflofficialprostore.com/WOMENS-JEREMY-HILL-JERSEY.html at Liverpool the two‑times Bundesliga winner has spent £148m on new players and recouped £116m. His opposite number at United, José Mourinho, has spent £306m and recouped £41m in 17 months at Old Trafford. Yet Klopp insists the financial disparity is not reflected in Liverpool’s quality or ambition. He said: “Can we dominate them for the next 20 years without spending the same amount of money? Probably not. But can we Authentic Nikolaj Ehlers Jersey still be there? Yes, of course we can and we want to force this. “We want to be consistent, constantly at our high level and improve it. Even when we lose a player in the future we want to bring in other players. That’s the benefit of a long-term project. I know the owners are not in doubt about me, about us, about anything. It’s really OK but of course we know we have to deliver. “At Newcastle I was close [to losing it after the 1-1 draw]. It was too much Authentic Nikolaj Ehlers Jersey for me for a second. It felt unfair after the game. We were the better side, we had Authentic Nikolaj Ehlers Jersey more chances. They had one chance and scored. A journalist asked me: ‘Do you think it’s a fair result?’ I said ’What do you think?’ When he said ‘Yes’, I was close to saying, ‘Come on, get up!’ As a human being I’m not proud of this. When I went out, I thought, ‘Come on, go back, shake hands. It’s not his fault ...’ But it’s how the world is. They aren’t interested. It’s about results. Deliver: we know that.” Klopp predicted United “will not be as passive” as they were in the goalless draw at Anfield last season. 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A Sardinian villa valued at €7m (£6.2m) was allegedly how Nasser al-Khelaifi, the Paris Saint-Germain chairman, bribed Jonathan Stewart Youth jersey a top Fifa official. Italian police said on Friday they seized the luxury property they claim Khelaifi, who is also a Qatari television executive, made available to the former Fifa secretary general Jérôme Valcke. Details of the alleged corruption were revealed one day after Swiss federal prosecutors oversaw evidence-gathering raids in four European countries for a widening investigation of Fifa and the 2018-22 World Cup bidding contests won by Russia and Qatar. Criminal proceedings have been opened against Khelaifi and Valcke for suspected bribery and forgery linked to awarding broadcast rights for the next four World Cup finals tournaments. Khelaifi is chief executive of the Qatar-owned beIN Media Group, which has World Cup rights across the Middle East to 2030, including the 2022 tournament in Qatar. Italy’s financial police said in a statement that the villa Jonathan Stewart Youth jersey in Porto Cervo was owned by an international real estate company and eight people were questioned. A police video showed a sequestration order on the villa’s fine wooden gate, palm trees in a well-kept garden and a white house with a Spanish-style roof. Investigators believe the property was for the use of Valcke, Fifa’s secretary general from 2007 until being fired in January 2016 amid separate corruption claims. Valcke was questioned on Thursday in Switzerland, one day Jonathan Stewart Youth jersey after he testified at the court of arbitration for sport in Lausanne to challenge his 10-year ban by Fifa for financial misconduct. Khelaifi was http://www.officialrockiestore.com/Ian_Desmond_Jersey not present http://www.officialshopraidersonline.com/Jim_Otto_Jersey_Cheapon Thursday when the Paris offices of beIN were raided by French authorities and Swiss investigators, with beIN saying it “refutes all accusations” and “the company will fully cooperate with the authorities and is confident as to the future developments of this investigation”. Though PSG is not implicated in the case, Fifa’s ethics committee can impose an interim ban on the club president working in football while it investigates. Fifa said on Friday no formal investigation has yet been opened against Khelaifi though ethics investigators are making preliminary inquiries.http://www.dndsheets.net/index.php?a=topic&t=54803&p=59071#p59071http://www.buildingbetterfathers.net/social/index.php?do=/forum/general-2/the-milwaukee-brewers-beat-the-cincinnati-reds-4-3/http://www.reprotect.eu/forum/viewtopic.php?p=213994#213994 http://sharelt.com/blogs/post/66329http://allfishforums.com/viewtopic.php?f=98&t=125669
Grzegorz Krychowiak has accused Unai Emery, the Paris Saint-Germain coach, of not telling him the truth about the reasons for leaving him out of the team for so much of last season, and revealed the extent to which their relationship broke down by saying he “felt deception” whenever he spoke to the Spaniard. Krychowiak followed Emery to PSG in July last year for €30m after spending the previous two Authentic Ron Hextall Jerseyseasons playing under him at Sevilla, where they won the Europa League in 2015 and 2016. Krychowiak said http://www.officialauthenticpackersstore.com/Nike-Ty-Montgomery-Jersey.html at the time of his transfer that Emery’s appointment at PSG was a factor in his decision but the Poland international started only 11 matches in all competitions for the French club and was told in the summer he should look for a new team, only 12 months after signing a five-year contract. With Krychowiak marginalised to the point that he was not involved in any pre‑season friendlies for PSG, Authentic Ron Hextall JerseyWest Bromwich Albion saw an unlikely window of opportunity and signed the midfielder at the end of August on a season-long loan deal that was regarded as a huge coup. Krychowiak has settled quickly at The Hawthorns and is enjoying English football, yet he is clearly frustrated with the way things unravelled for him at PSG, in Authentic Ron Hextall Jerseyparticular Emery’s responses whenever he sought an explanation. “I spoke with the coach but Authentic Ron Hextall Jersey every time when I spoke with him I felt deception,” Krychowiak said. Asked to elaborate on that and whether he felt he was not being told the truth during their conversations about his lack of match action, Krychowiak said: “Yes, exactly. So for me I didn’t understand why. The coach knows me very well. We spent two years together and before I signed the contract he told me to come to PSG, and I didn’t play.” Krychowiak is open to all possibilities at the end of this season and has not ruled out returning to PSG, although that prospect appears highly unlikely in the circumstances. His move to Albion came out of the blue – he found out about the opportunity of playing in England 48 hours before he signed – and the 27-year-old is honest enough to admit he knew “not a lot” about the Midlands club before signing. Playing in the Premier League was part of the attraction, according to Krychowiak, as was the http://www.ramsofficialsonline.com/Pharoh_Cooper_Jersey_Cheapneed to hold down a regular first-team place before next summer’s World Cup finals. “It was one of the reasons,” Krychowiak said, when asked about Russia 2018 being a factor. “If I want to play for Poland, I need to play and find a club. I didn’t go for the two last games with Poland [in September’s qualifiers]. I spoke with the coach, he told me that it would be better that I find a club, then I will be back [in the squad]. So it was very important for me to have the opportunity to play in the World Cup.” A keen traveller, Krychowiak spent the summer trekking across the US as well as visiting Mexico and Cuba, and he has already taken in a few diverse attractions in England, http://www.authenticbullstore.com/authentic-3-dwyane-wade-jersey.html including visiting Blenheim Palace, Legoland and the historic colleges that make up Oxford University. “Football players have a lot of opportunity to change the club, the city, the country, to know a new culture,” Krychowiak said. “It’s very nice to discover these kind of places.” http://g3dev.info/blogs/post/newhttp://www.eroticillusions.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=51826 http://www.techstartup.info/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=39619http://saknada.com.au/ssn/forum/topic/33896http://bbs.idkong.com/viewtopic.php?pid=10571#p10571http://mtkzone.info/forum/topic/121448http://598315.xobor.com/t461676f4-Wade-signs-deal-with-Cavs-to-reunite-with-LeBron.html#msg23641
Liverpool trail Manchester United by seven points before their early clash at Anfield on Saturday having won once in seven matches in all competitions, albeit while producing stronger performances than results would suggest. Klopp’s prospects of delivering a first league championship to Liverpool since 1990 have also not been helped by the financial power and early‑season form shown by the two Manchester clubs. But having returned Champions League football to Anfield in his first full season in charge, Klopp remains convinced Liverpool “are on a good way” and can compete with wealthier rivals. He would not be Liverpool manager, he insisted, if he suspected otherwise. “In the moment when I think we cannot be successful, and there is only consolation, I go,” Klopp said. “Why should I be here as some kind of caretaker until the world creates a manager who can be more successful? That makes no sense. I am really convinced. 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Yet Klopp insists the financial disparity is not reflected in Liverpool’s quality or ambition. He said: “Can we dominate them for the next 20 years without spending the same amount of money? Probably not. But can we still be there? Yes, of course we can and we want to force this. “We want to be consistent, constantly at our high level and improve it. Even when we lose a player in the future we want to bring http://www.official76ershop.com/authentic-33-robert-covington-jersey.html in other http://www.officialtitansfootballshop.com/titans+jack+conklin+jerseyplayers. That’s the benefit of a long-term project. I know the owners are not in doubt about me, about us, about anything. It’s really OK but of course we know we have to deliver. “At Newcastle I was close [to losing it after the 1-1 draw]. It was too much for me for a second. It felt unfair after the game. We were the better side, we had more chances. They had one chance and scored. 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Not that there��s anything new here, just some old, fond, familiar flavours. Cut the Premier League season open anywhere you like in the last decade or so and the chances are you��ll find Jos�� Mourinho contemplating another potentially season-spoiling trip to Anfield. Or the latest eminent tactician scratching his head and wondering why previously workable defensive systems have been infected with the dreaded Premier League flakiness. Not to mention an agreeably sweeping clash of styles, in this case muscular team defence versus adrenal, scattergun attack. As ever when these teams meet the occasion will be touched by a Authentic Ryan Anderson Jersey genuine spike of north-west derby bile. But this is a significant moment for other reasons. Most obviously the result on Saturday will bring into narrower focus Liverpool��s progress under J��rgen Klopp, seven games into a season that has seen them looking a little feverish and flustered, all trapped energy, legs whirring like a cartoon roadrunner suspended above the canyon floor, still trying to work out whether to fall or fly. There is a tendency to obsess over the influence of managers, to hoist them aloft as a straw man, patsy and all-round pi?ata for every misstep, every note of misfortune, every beached ambition. In this case there is an unavoidable circularity. On Saturday it will be almost exactly two years since Klopp became Liverpool manager. Progress has been made. Albeit, as ever in the Premier League, this raises the more metaphysical question of how exactly progress is measured, what gauge you apply to success. There are plenty of obvious ticks. Liverpool are in the Champions League. They have reached two cup finals. They play Brandon Pirri Authentic Jersey nice, engaging football, certainly nicer and more engaging than the tail end of the Brendan Rodgers era. But they are still to make the kind of alchemical step up some might have hoped for given Klopp��s record at Borussia Dortmund and his enduring aura, a way of engaging with those around him that suggests all possibilities http://www.officialastrosshop.com/authentic-21-jon-singleton-jersey.html are open, a managerial presence that even in defeat has something oddly evangelical and proselytising about it. Opponents have been less amenable. Liverpool will pick up their Jake Lamb Womens Jersey season on a horrible run of one win in seven across all competitions since the end of August, with no clean sheets and 14 goals conceded. Sadio Man�� is out for six http://www.broncosnflofficialonline.com/Carlos-Henderson-Jersey weeks with a hamstring strain. Even the manager has begun to gripe a little, looking bemused by the recurrent defensive mistakes of players he coaches every week, selects every weekend, and in some cases brought to the club himself. Last week Klopp insisted, as he must when asked a silly question, that Liverpool are still in the title race. Given the lavish spending elsewhere, the sense of a three-team elite ready to break away at the top, few will have expected Liverpool to be pushing for the title right John Wensink Authentic Jersey to the end of the season. This, though, is all a bit sudden. Should United win at Anfield the gap between Liverpool and the league leaders will be 10 points. 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Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has refused to confirm or deny reports he is planning to quit his post before next year��s World Cup final, even if the Socceroos qualify. News Corp reported on Wednesday the national team coach would walk away following next month��s final qualifying playoff against Honduras that will determine Australia��s fate. Postecoglou said he was aware of the reports but insisted his thoughts remained firmly on the upcoming two-legged tie against the team from the Concacaf region. ��My sole focus is on preparing the team for our final two qualifying matches. I will not let anything compromise the team��s journey on getting to a fourth consecutive Fifa World Cup,�� said Postecoglou. FFA chief executive David Gallop said he had spoken to Postecoglou about the reports and agreed the focus should be on the November matches. ��Beyond that, should we qualify, there is a period of some months until the World Cup and we agreed that we will http://www.authenticpittsburghpirates.com/Andrew-Mccutchen-Jersey need to lock in our set up as soon as possible to maximise our preparation time,�� Gallop said. Reports variously suggested Womens Ray Bourque JerseyPostecoglou, who has been in charge of the Socceroos since 2013, http://www.officialbuffalosabres.com/Adidas-Alexander-Nylander-Jersey would stand down due to the criticism he has received in the media over recent months or to pursue opportunities that may arise to coach at club level overseas. Australia will play Honduras in an intercontinental playoff next month to determine whether they will reach a fourth consecutive World Cup. The first leg will be played in the central American nation with Sydney��s ANZ Stadium confirmed as the venue for the return fixture. Postecoglou would have quit earlier had the Socceroos automatically qualified from their Asian conference group, according to News Corp. But results against Japan and Thailand saw Saudi Arabia pip them to the second automatic spot. That forced Australia into a playoff with Syria, which they won by the skin of their teeth with an extra-time Tim Cahill header on Tuesday night. Post-match Tre Madden Womens Jersey Postecoglou gave no indication of an intention to quit his post. Postecoglou��s deal with the Socceroos expires at the Dougie Hamilton Adidas Jersey end of this World Cup cycle and he has indicated in the past he would not seek an extension beyond next year��s tournament in Russia.http://dialog.michaelkunze.info/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=117799http://consuelomurillo.net/oxwall/forum/topic/122399http://www.schaumburg-singles.de/forum/topic/2679https://forums.xbox-experts.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=25092 http://evojet.ro/oxwall/blogs/post/56966
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The response from football people to the Guardian’s report about the industrialised disappointment delivered to young people by the game’s “academy” system has been dispiriting and alarming. Both the Premier League and Football League, whose clubs have 12,000 boys in intensive training from the age of eight, many more in “development centres” from – preposterously – the age of five, pride themselves on providing a “holistic” experience for the children. Undoubtedly the “elite player performance plan” (EPPP) does incorporate child protection procedures, welfare provision and sophisticated coaching policies, and there are many dedicated staff who care and do their best. But here are some experiences told to us by parents and young people, who are seldom heard, and do not have the professional clubs’ corporate and lobbying power, or the favourable ear of the government. “Some academies do not care about the welfare of the boys,” said one mother, whose son was recruited by a Premier League club at the age of six and released at 13. “They just throw them on the scrapheap, ruin their confidence then turn to the next kid showing a bit of promise.” One young man who suffered serial sudden releases by clubs said he nevertheless looks back gratefully for the quality coaching and competition. Authentic Anton Stralman Womens Jersey He was saved when his dreams were “shattered” at 18 by his schoolteacher mother insisting he continue with his education and using her contacts to enrol him in a college. He recalls that the academy coaches at his local club “broke my heart with as much care and class as a slaughterer in an abattoir”. Repeatedly, people have told us that, contrary to stated EPPP practice, boys were released without warning, constructive explanation or support. One father said that for his son, being released was “like being pushed off a cliff”. The mother of a boy who had been at a Premier League club from eight years old said the upset of being released was compounded by the humiliatingly public way it was done. “It was a disgrace the way it was handled,” she said. Asked about help for her son afterwards, which the leagues say clubs do provide for released 18-year-old “scholars”, she said: “No support from the club. [It was] like you didn’t exist.” It appears that never hearing from a club again is common. A retired school head of year said these blows are delivered to teenagers at the worst time – 15- and 16-year-olds spend Year 11 worrying about their football, http://www.officialtampabaylightning.com/Adidas-Andrej-Sustr-Jersey missing “vital teaching and learning”. They are dealt news of their release in April – just weeks before they sit their GCSEs. “The student then had to return and face his peers with the humiliation of being let go and the whole experience overwhelms them. GCSEs are of no interest to them at this stage and they find the rejection extremely hard to cope with.” It was also common to hear this, that boys’ education had been impaired. Of life at academies, many said they appreciated the superb facilities and coaching – which contrast starkly with grassroots squalor, again suffering a Conservative government’s nonsense insistence that our country cannot afford to maintain park pitches or decent changing rooms. Authentic Bennie Fowler Youth Jersey But one mother of a boy recruited at five by a major Premier League club described the academy culture as “really cold and ruthless”. Her son was training three or four times a week, getting home at 9pm, and became “a shadow of his former self”. They decided to pull him out of the academy and now refuse persistent requests from clubs, insisting that he plays with his friends, for his local grassroots club. Several people working in football have told us that clubs scout most aggressively the five- and six-year-olds – perhaps on the basis that once they are in, they will stay with that club until the club releases them. The EPPP prescribes set fees to be paid to a club if a boy does want to leave for another, which means in practice that many are tied to their first club, even if they are unhappy. The Premier League and Football League clubs wrested control of so many young boys’ sporting childhoods from schools and grassroots clubs with Howard Wilkinson’s Football Association “Charter for Quality” 20 years ago this month. Now Premier League clubs are globally focused, http://www.denverbroncosauthorizedstore.com/aqib-talib-jersey-elite aggressively commercial corporations mostly owned by absentee overseas investors, Wilkinson says they are failing in a “moral responsibility” to give their academy players opportunities, and has called for a review.
If Gordon Strachan was seeking deflection from Scotland’s latest tale of woe, he is at least due credit for original thinking. Had Strachan’s players displayed the same elements of stunning creativity that the 60-year-old did in the immediate aftermath of a harrowing evening in Ljubljana, Scotland would still be part of the 2018 World Cup equation. Whereas Strachan’s reputation had been partly restored by a run which took Scotland – a previously ragged, dysfunctional Scotland – to the brink of a play-off spot, collateral damage appeared once more on Sunday evening. The tossing away of a 1-0 lead with an abject second-half display against Slovenia was bad enough before Strachan entered the crazy world of managerial make-believe. Strachan’s unwillingness to accept responsibility or to criticise players for recurring failings is a typical theme but the manager raised eyebrows with the insistence that “genetics” are hugely significant as Scotland lurch from one international crisis to another. Let us visit the fundamental football issues which have undermined Strachan’s tenure later. Billy Hamilton Youth Jersey First it is imperative to revisit his delving into matters of biological science. “Technically we’re fine,” Strachan said. “But our guys have to work harder to get on the ball than bigger lads at six foot three. Genetically we are behind. In the last campaign we were the second smallest squad behind Spain. That means that I had to pick a team tonight to try and combat their height and strength. Even at that, we couldn’t combat their height and strength at set plays. Genetically, we have to work at things. It is a problem for us. “We have to fight harder for every ball and jump higher because it is easier for these type of guys. Physically, http://www.authenticcincinnatireds.com/Barry-Larkin-Jerseywe have a problem against the teams we have faced in the last couple of years.” Memo to Scottish youth coaches: deliver us big, physical laddies or we are in the doldrums forever. Presumably the addendum was a joke, otherwise Strachan was pointing towards selective breeding: Brandon Moss Youth Jersey “Maybe we get big women and men together and see what we can do.” Those tiny Spaniards, eh? What have they ever achieved? Strachan himself, all 5ft 6in of him, won 50 caps, scored in a World Cup and claimed a host of honours on both sides of the border. Kenny Dalglish was 5ft 8in, for goodness sake; he, like Strachan, played at a time when opponents could assault attacking players in a manner far removed from the current era. Further inspection of Strachan’s quotes highlight their nonsensical nature. http://www.authentickansascityroyals.com/Bo-Jackson-JerseyIt will be a stunning surprise to the populations of Northern Ireland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland that Scots emerge from an inferior gene pool. All of those nations appeared at Euro 2016, with the Republic emerging from Scotland’s qualifying group. Strachan’s men lost miserably to Georgia’s Galácticos in a key qualifying match.
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